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Popeye the Sailorman Posable Action Figures Announced by Boss Fight Studio

 

The new line will be available late summer 2021 and includes Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto, and Castor Oyl

 

 

December 2, 2020 Norwood, MA—Boss Fight Studio, creator of fan favorite action figures, announced today they had acquired the license to make action figures and collectibles of the iconic Popeye The Sailor comics and cartoons. The deal, brokered by FanGirl Consulting and Brand Management, with King Features Syndicate, is the latest in a great lineup of cult classic brands already in the Boss Fight arsenal, including Flash Gordon and The Phantom. 

 

“Like so many, I grew up watching the classic Popeye animated cartoons,” says Andrew Franks, partner and art director at Boss Fight. “As an adult, I was drawn back to Popeye by E.C. Segar’s brilliant original comic strip. To be able to bring these characters to life as fully poseable toys is a dream.” 

 

“This will be the fourth license we work with Boss Fight Studio on and we know their approach will bring these toys to life and quickly become fan favorites,” says Jarred M. Goro, VP of North American licensing at King Features. 

 

“We approach design with aesthetics but also functionality,” says Franks. “Toys should be able to be posed into any scene your imagination can dream of.” 

 

Founded in 2013, Boss Fight Studio is known for their highly-articulated, poseable action figures. The first wave of Popeye Classics action figures is expected to hit shelves late summer 2021, and will include Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto, and Castor Oyl. The Popeye Classics figures will bring a new cult favorite to life and be a great complement to the Boss Fight arsenal of licenses. 

 

“We’re digging deep into the comic strips to deliver Popeye toys like you’ve never seen before!  Authentic styling, super articulation and great accessories – even packing in smaller characters like Swee’ Pea, Eugene The Jeep and Bernice The Whiffle Hen as bonuses,” added Franks. “We can’t wait to bring these toys to market. We’re sure they will delight Popeye fans, and celebrate the rich 90-year legacy of these iconic characters.” 

 

About Boss Fight Studio

 

Boss Fight Studio (BFS) is a creator-owned company focused on high-quality collectible toys. BFS products are known for having multiple articulation points, which allow for innovative and creative poses. The H.A.C.K.S. line is also fully customizable, which empowers collectors to build their own characters using pieces from the range. For more information reach out to BFS at press@bossfightstudio.com or visit bossfightstudio.com.  

 

About Popeye

 

Sailor. Tough guy. Hero. Legend. That’s Popeye. An underdog with bulging forearms, a mean uppercut and a love of canned spinach. Unassuming, unsophisticated and undeterred by a challenge, from the minute he walked into the comic strip, The Thimble Theatre, and muttered his famous “Ja think I’m a cowboy?” line, Popeye the Sailor Man captured the hearts of millions of fans around the globe. As the star of his own comic strips and animated content on the big screen and small, Popeye became quickly ingrained in American culture, and today remains one of the most recognizable pop culture icons in the world. Popeye celebrated his 90th anniversary in 2019.

 

About King Features


King Features
 is a premier producer and distributor of the world’s most iconic intellectual properties and a leader in classic character licensing and franchise development. With one of the longest-running consumer products programs in the industry, King Features’ portfolio includes world renowned pop culture brands such as Popeye®, CupheadFlash Gordon™, The Phantom™, Hägar the HorribleMoominPrince Valiant® and Mandrake the Magician. King Features will produce The Cuphead Show! with Netflix Animation, set to debut in 2021.

 

As content syndication specialists, the company distributes beloved comics such as BlondieBeetle Bailey®, Mutts™ and dozens of others as well as columns, editorial cartoons and puzzles across multiple platforms and content providers around the globe. King Features is part of Hearst Newspapers, which publishes 24 dailies and 52 weeklies, including the Houston ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle and Times Union (Albany, New York), and operates local digital marketing services and directories.

 

Download a PDF of the Popeye Press Release

 

Boss Fight Studio Announces The Umbrella Academy

Action-Figure Line

Expands licensed action figures to include The Umbrella Academy toys

Norwood, MA, August 5, 2020—Boss Fight Studio, creator of fan-favorite, highly articulated figures announces their latest action figure line, The Umbrella Academy from television studio Universal Content Productions and brokered by UCP’s licensing agency, Striker Entertainment! With characters based on the wildly popular Netflix show, the action figures will feature Boss Fight’s signature multiple articulation points allowing for creative and imaginative poses.

“The Umbrella Academy has long been one of our favorite shows,” says Catrina Arana, Partner and Art Director at Boss Fight Studio, “we love each character and the uniqueness; I’m excited to bring them to action figure form.”

The first wave of figures will include Klaus, Vanya, Diego, and Cha-Cha and is anticipated to hit shelves in Q2 2021. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Boss Fight Studio” says Curtis Matthews, Licensing Executive at Striker Entertainment LLC. “Their signature high articulation and attention to detail will really bring the character personalities forward. The poses and movement possibilities are exciting.”

Launched in 2013, Boss Fight Studio originally brought their fan favorite Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. IP to market, allowing for easy customization and playability of toys. As the company grew, they’ve expanded to host some exciting licenses bringing that same high articulation and attention to detail to fan-loved brands. Umbrella Academy is the latest brand added to the portfolio.

“We can’t wait to excite new fans with these toys. This is our first license with a contemporary show playing as we design. It will be fun to transform the beloved characters along with the story lines on the show” says Arana. “I’ve already started brainstorming how to bring Season 2 characters to life and I can’t wait.”

About Boss Fight Studio

Boss Fight Studio (BFS) is a creatorowned company focused on high-quality, collectible toys. BFS products are known for having multiple articulation points, which allow for innovative and creative poses. The H.A.C.K.S. line is also fully customizable, which empowers collectors to build their own characters using pieces from the range. For more information reach out to BFS at press@bossfightstudio.com or visit bossfightstudio.com.

 About Universal Content Productions

Universal Content Productions (UCP), a division of Universal Studio Group, is a premium content studio that operates with a curated indie sensibility while leveraging the power and scale of NBCUniversal. Advocates for creators with an eclectic point of view, the UCP team develops pioneering and award-winning scripted and documentary programming. The studio is responsible for critically acclaimed series including “Battlestar Galactica,” “Mr. Robot,” “The Act,” “Monk,” “Homecoming,” “The Sinner,” “Suits,” “Dirty John,” “The Umbrella Academy” and “Psych.” UCP also creates premium docuseries such as “Business of Drugs” and the upcoming “A Wilderness of Error.” The studio’s podcast platform, UCP Audio, produces original podcasts such as “The Lost Kids,” while its comic book extension, UCP Graphic, develops and publishes original creator-owned comic books including the upcoming “Proctor Valley Road.”

About Striker Entertainment

Striker Entertainment is a full-service global licensing agency dedicated to maximizing licensing opportunities and building brand equity for its clients. Striker represents some of the biggest global entertainment franchises including AMC’s The Walking Dead, Five Nights at Freddy’s, The Umbrella Academy, Ozark, Good Omens, Creepshow, Trivia Crack and more.  Headed by industry veteran Russell Binder, Striker’s client roster includes AMC, Universal Content Productions, Media Rights Capital, The BBC, and more.  For more information, visit www.strikerentertainment.com.

Download a PDF of the Umbrella Academy Press Release

Boss Fight Steals the Toy Show

“The fine folks at Boss Fight Studio are bringing classic heroes like Zorro, Tarzan, Flash Gordon, and The Phantom back to life as 4-inch action figures.”

 

Boss Fight Studio stole first place from formidable competition to take “Number One Hidden Gem” at Toy Fair 2020, according to Dale Bashir writing for IGN.com. Beating out household names like Lego and Pac Man, the toy designers featured brands including Zorro and The Phantom alongside their own line of Greek warrior action figures called H.A.C.K.S. Read the full story at IGN.com.

Boss Fight Studio Launches Online Action Figure Customization Classes

Boss Fight Studio expands their fan favorite figure customization class to a new online platform amid quarantine

 

Boston, MA– April 2, 2020 – Boss Fight Studio announces their new online action figure customization class. Their fan favorite Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. action figure line is fully customizable, which empowers collectors to build their own characters using pieces from the range.

“Taking the in-person customization class we’ve held at previous conventions online was something we’d been talking about for a while,” says Erik Arana, Partner and Art Director at Boss Fight Studio, “our fans worldwide are often disappointed when they can’t be at one of the convention classes so this will allow everyone access.”

The versatility of the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. line has built a deep fanbase of customizers. A few times a year Boss Fight runs a customizer contest to give their fans a platform to share and inspire. Hundreds of entries get submitted each time the contest is run.

“We’ve been trying to find new ways to entertain our customers during quarantine,” says Catrina Arana, Partner and Art Director at Boss Fight Studio. “We released a free short story featuring some of our most popular characters and got a lot of positive feedback so we continued to push on virtual entertainment ideas. The virtual customizing class was a natural next step for us.”

The class will convene every Tuesday night at 5pm ET for a month via Zoom. Students will receive a box with numbered bags of parts prior to the start of the class. Each week one bag will be opened, and the Boss Fight experts will lead the class through how to paint and modify those pieces. The final character assembly will be a fun surprise.

“We really hope our fans will love this virtual social gathering,” says Erik Arana. “We’re excited for the initial enthusiasm and even have a waitlist going so we may add more classes if there’s enough interest. These are challenging times and we’re just glad we can still connect and entertain our fans.”

To hear more about the class or to join in, visit bossfightshop.com and search for “online customizing class.”

About Boss Fight Studio

Boss Fight Studio (BFS) is a creator-owned company focused on high-quality, collectible toys. BFS products are known for having multiple articulation points, which allow for innovative and creative poses. The H.A.C.K.S. line is also fully customizable, which empowers collectors to build their own characters using pieces from the range. For more information contact Boss Fight Studio at press@bossfightstudio.com.

Download a PDF of the Custom Class press release

 

 

Boss Fight Studio Launches “Frankie the Unicorn”

Frankie the Unicorn action figure

Boss Fight expands Mighty Steeds, their range of highly articulated action figures and horses, to include Frankie the Unicorn

Toy Fair Convention, New York City, NY, February 17, 2020 – Boss Fight Studio, creator of the fan-favorite highly articulated figures announces their latest figure, Frankie the Unicorn! The latest edition to the Mighty Steeds line of horses from Boss Fight is colorful, filled with personality, and meant for play. Featuring multiple articulation-points, Frankie allows fans to find their creativity in multiple poses. 

“When we introduced the Mighty Steeds, we found the market was really excited for horses with more articulation,” says Andrew Franks, Principal Designer at Boss Fight Studio. “Frankie not only brings the fun of multiple articulation points, but really brings fantasy to life with his silver unicorn horn, rainbow mane and tail, and teal underbelly. He’s the perfect addition to our Fantasy line of figures.” 

Launched via a Kickstarter campaign in late 2018, the Mighty Steeds hit 160% of their initial funding goal. Continuing with record breaking sales as the horses hit the mainstream market earlier this year, the Mighty Steeds line has surprised and delighted customers who know Boss Fight for their highly posable action figures. 

The Mighty Steeds line includes several life-like horses, an elk, and Frankie the Unicorn, as well as accessory kits to turn your horse into Pegasus, various tack kits to help your H.A.C.K.S. action figures ride the horse army in style, and additional accessories needed to build your H.A.C.K.S. army. Just like previous H.A.C.K.S. figures, the Steeds are fully customizable, allowing fans to mix and match parts of their favorite Steeds to create their own unique horse figure. 

“We’ve already started to receive fan custom photos of the Steeds; it’s really amazing to see the creativity and passion our fans are bringing to the Mighty Steeds line,” says Catrina Arana, Principal Designer at Boss Fight Studio. “The passion for customization is really what makes Boss Fight fans so unique.”  

A previously unannounced figure, Frankie is available in the Boss Fight Store for purchase immediately.

About Boss Fight Studio

Boss Fight Studio (BFS) is a creator-owned company focused on high-quality, collectible toys. BFS products are known for having multiple articulation points, which allow for innovative and creative poses. The H.A.C.K.S. line is also fully customizable, which empowers collectors to build their own characters using pieces from the range. For more information reach out to BFS at press@bossfightstudio.com or visit bossfightstudio.com. 

Download a PDF of Boss Fight Studio Frankie Press Release

Flash Gordon action-figures from Boss Fight Studio

Boss Fight Studio Opens

Pre-Orders for Flash Gordon™ Line

Timed to the 4th Anniversary of the cult-classic film, Boss Fight Studio announces the first hero H.A.C.K.S. licensed characters, building on the popular Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. line. 

“Klytus, I’m bored. What Plaything Can You Offer Me Today?”

 

New York, February 20, 2020 – Boss Fight Studio, in conjunction with King Features Syndicate, home to some of the world’s most popular entertainment characters, is excited to announce pre-orders for the first Flash Gordon figure – 40th Anniversary Flash Gordon with collectible lunchbox 

“Working on the Flash Gordon line has been a blast,” says Andrew Franks, art director at Boss Fight Studio. “Developing both the movie and classic comic characters means we get to imagine each character in different ways. The first Hero H.A.C.K.S. characters to be released will allow our fans to build their collections and continue customizing in a special way.”

The first figure in the mixed movie and comic strip line, movie version Flash Gordon features extensive articulation, multiple hands, multiple heads and a “football” accessory. This special pre-order version comes packed in a collectible metal lunchbox featuring both classic and brand-new Flash Gordon art. Designed for play, display and customization, movie version Flash Gordon can be pre-ordered now for Q3 delivery.

“This line of figures evokes strong memories of the comics I read as a child and the movie I continually rewatch as an adult,” shares Erik Arana, art director for Boss Fight Studio. “The poseability of these figures allows fans to imagine all the adventures on the planet Mongo.”

“We’re thrilled to have Boss Fight Studio on board to launch this special line of Flash Gordon figures,” says Jarred Goro, vice president domestic licensing, King Features. “They are true Flash Gordon fans who invested their passion and brand knowledge into the development of this highly collectible line down to the smallest character detail. And timing couldn’t be better as we kickoff of the 40th Anniversary of the 1980 film.   

The Flash Gordon comic strip was first published in 1934 and was originally drawn by Alex Raymond. His incredible illustrations built a reputation for Flash Gordon as one of the most highly regarded and influential American comic strips. Flash Gordon has since been represented in a wide range of media including television and animated series, as well as full motion pictures, such as the 1980 cult-classic. 

Your Space Opera Adventure Awaits. Pre-orders are live on bossfightshop.com. 

About Boss Fight Studio  

Boss Fight Studio (BFS) is a creator-owned company focused on high-quality, collectible toys. BFS products are known for having multiple articulation points, which allow for innovative and creative poses. The H.A.C.K.S. line is also fully customizable, which empowers collectors to build their own characters using pieces from the range. For more information reach out to BFS at press@bossfightstudio.com or visit bossfightstudio.com.

Download the PDF of Boss Fight Studio Flash Gordon Press Release